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SPOTLIGHT – ARTIST HAYLEY WILLS

  Some of you may have spotted in my own home photo’s the vibrant and colourful artwork above my kitchen banquette seating. And if you’re following me on Instagram you’ll have seen me mentioning the artist behind those beautiful pieces – Hayley Wills. When I...

KITCHEN DESIGN KNOW HOW

Hi Guys! Ok so last time we talked about bathroom design, I’d just finished that lovely little bathroom for my Naremburn clients. This week I wanted to focus on kitchens. Kitchen design is a different process and I work this in collaboration with my joinery supplier...

Recent bathroom design and renovation

Through these last few months, I’ve still had plenty of projects moving forward in terms of the renovation and construction aspect. This bathroom at a client’s home on the lower northshore was no exception. If you haven’t been following my stories on social here’s a...

Choosing the right neutral tones for your interior

Every good design starts with a base of materials and colours. I think about this right from the beginning, at moodboard stage. I think abut things like how contrasting we want the materials to be, less contrast creates a calm balance, more will bring energy and...

CHOOSING THE RIGHT BUILDER FOR YOU

I’m finding in these more challenging times, the quoting process for a build a lot more fraught with emotion and potential pitfalls. To be honest it’s never easy deciding which builder to use on your home build or renovation. It’s a big amount of money to spend with a...

How will Covid-19 impact the way we design our homes?

I’ve been thinking a lot these past few weeks about how living differently with covid-19 is becoming the new norm. People are talking about whether we will actually go back to working, living, communicating and interacting in the same way once this is all over. I...

My new e-Designer service        

Hi all, so I mentioned last week that I had launched a new service called e-Designer. This launch is two-fold for me, one – so I am able to reach a larger geographical area and service those clients that I just can’t get to see each and every meeting, and two – to...

SmartSpace Interiors no more…it’s time to rebrand        

Hi all, so you may have noticed I’ve been quiet on here for some time. Since December really, just the odd image post but not much blog writing. Back in December my website migrated over to a new platform ready for a rebuild. I stopped blogging and have been spending...

Sustainable Christmas

Hi everyone. I hope your run up to Christmas is going well. I had a big push this weekend and decorated the house, wrote all of my Christmas cards and even did all of my online shopping, I know far too organised! It got me thinking though, I’ve been focussing on using...

Designing for wellness

Hi All, it’s been a while since I’ve written my blog. I’ve had some time away in Byron Bay for a wedding. Such a lovely time of year to go away up there in spring. Byron for me is all about connecting again with nature, wellness, and retreat style resorts. Even the...

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Laminex Forecast 2020

Hi All, You'll have noticed over the past 3 to 4 blog posts I've been focussing on new trends and forecasts in my industry. It's that time of year when we start looking to 2020 and what trends in design we might see coming through, what might continue and also what...

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A day in the life of an Interior Designer

Hi Guys. Ever wondered what it’s like to be an interior designer? If you were to ask my husband before we renovated he would have said it’s all about picking fabrics and fluffing cushions. Since living through our renovation earlier this year he definitely has a very...

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Green is the new blue in interiors

Hi Guys. Last week I talked about the 2020 Dulux Trend Forecast, and green was a major player in the colour palettes. Then I had the forecast from Laminex last week and one of their 4 schemes had a big green bias, they are calling this In the Shallows. They talk about...

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Dulux Colour Forecast for 2020

It's that time of year again, Dulux have released their colour forecast for 2020, and I feel like there is a nice flow on from 2019, with plenty of focus around soft neutrals and muted colour. And a joy for me to see is a real trend towards different shades of green,...

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A real shift in interior trends…

Hi Guys, there are whispers that the grey trend is on the way out, I don't believe it though. I think people are saying that because we're seeing more beige, terracotta, and warmer tones coming through in furniture and fabric design, soft furnishings and paint...

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Where to spend and where to save

Hi Guys, I wanted to chat today about budget. Budget is always a massive factor when working with my clients on any project, from decorating a single room in a home to a full blown renovation, budget is always a big driver in our conversations, decision making...

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Mistakes people often make when styling their lounge rooms

The main lounge area is often where my clients want me to start when I’m working on a decorating project. There are so many elements to think about for this space, especially if it’s open plan and incorporates a dining area, and your kitchen that people can find it a...

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HOW TO GET YOUR PENDANT LIGHTING RIGHT!

I’ve been recently chatting to a client about their lighting install day, and it got be thinking about some standards for pendant light positioning. There’s nothing worse than seeing beautiful lighting positioned incorrectly in a home. Too high and it looks disjointed...

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WHAT TO THINK ABOUT WHEN SELLING YOUR HOME

I popped over to a neighbours over the weekend who’s having trouble coming to terms with putting his house on the market and the changes he needs to make to present the home. He’s been living there for 45 years, family have grown up and left home, and now it’s time to...

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Choosing the right neutrals for your home

So I love this part of my work. Choosing the wall paint colours for a design is so important to get right. You’d think you’d need to start with this at the beginning of the design right? Well honestly I don’t, I leave it until almost the end. In fact I’ve probably...

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